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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oral history from a Morehouse Professor

[VIDEO] One of my former professors at Morehouse College Tobe Johnson is interviewed for the King Collection. He claimed he'll keep teaching until he's carried out in a casket. Still had a sharp mind when I took his classes. Of course don't do your work for his courses and he'll still fail you!

In this hour and a half video he talks about his life and career. Video is courtesy of Morehouse College and was recorded last September.

Monday, April 25, 2016

1968 Democratic National Convetion

[VIDEO] So this occurred almost 48 years ago. The 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, Vice President Hubert Humphrey would be nominated. While the convention conducted their business anti-war activists were conducting their demonstrations and often treated harshly.

As it turned out according to the above documentary not only were those anti-war activists treated harshly outside of the convention - which was held at the now demolished International Amphitheater - also those delegates who weren't for VP Humphrey got some harsh treatment as well. A lot of drama was played out for TV back then and this type of drama is not what we see at political conventions anymore. Now with Donald Trump getting significant support in his bid for president it is possible we'll see drama at the Republican convention this summer.

Incidentally the last political convention held in Chicago was 1996 Democratic Convention at the United Center. Unlike this one where it was contested and one of the candidates from both parties will be a new president. The 1996 elections saw the incumbent "successfully renominated and re-elected President.

BTW, I'd be really amused to see if Chicago would ever host a Republican convention. I'm sure Chicago made a bid not long after the 96 convention and it never happened. Remember Chicago often held conventions for both parties at one point in time.

Also 1968 put a damper on Chicago hosting events like this with the harsh treatment of protesters and the drama on the floor. For those who witnessed this, it was likely a memorable election year.

I got to add Marathon Pundit's once favorite topic Bill Ayers - who at one time was associated with President Obama - was there at the 1968 convention. You will see him interviewed in the above documentary with a number of people such as WTTW's Joel Wiseman. And likely other well-known political figures for that time.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Building wealth vs. charity

This article is almost two years old and it discusses Donald Sterling the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who made the news for asserting controversial statements with regards to minorities. Even worse the person who leaked them to the press had something of an undefined relationship with Mr. Sterling. Everyone including yours truly have their thoughts as to the nature of that relationship I'm choosing to bite my tongue on it now.

BTW, feel free to ask because that's where we are now at this point. Donald WHO????

In asserting some of his controversial remarks that he didn't want his young lady friend to bring any Blacks to Clippers games. Indeed he didn't want any around her he also stated the difference between Blacks & Jews:
“Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people,” Sterling said. “Some of the African-Americans, they don’t want to help anyone.”
I found that article recently on Facebook and it asks an important question. Then I found this even older article from The Grio:
Black people are far more inclined to give back to the community compared with their white counterparts, according to new research by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF).

The report, “Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by and for Communities of Colors,” shows a growing trend for communities of color to give at increasing rates and levels.

African-Americans, for instance, give away 25 percent more of their income per year than whites and 63 percent of Latino households now make charitable donations. People of color are also growing in size and their assets are increasing as well.
Sterling may be talking about wealth more than charity. Both are important and it's important to help people to get where you are. It's still very important to also remember there are those in need and they need some form of help to.

If I could - well perhaps it's not a matter of could, just do - it would be worth it to donate to food pantries. No matter how much money you have people need to eat. Eating is as important as clothing or even shelter. Then again another aspect of helping those in need is helping those in need to take care of themselves.

All the same this is something worth pondering do we help people achieve the wealth. And I do wish I knew someone wealthy who'd help me get there. Or do we find ways to help those in need.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

WP: Why is Trump upset? It’s because Cruz is schooling him in the art of the deal.

The Donald is certainly making quite a splash as a presidential candidate this year. His brash personality winning over voters, but this opinion piece from the Washington Post boils this race down between Trump and Texas US Senator Ted Cruz. Trump isn't a career politician and apparently Cruz is reportedly outclassing him based upon this fact.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A "Chi-raq" restaurant...

I must say I'm proud of this kid. In spite of the name he's attempting to turn Chi-raq into a positive. Chicago and young people like him are getting a bad rap these days, but he turned his life around and has opened his own business. Respect and as for the name of his establishment, it's just a name as time goes on he can choose to change it if this proves to be very successful. For now he got the attention.

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Nintendo Game Boy hack

[VIDEO] I have to say although I have little talent with electronics, this is truly admirable. I've never owned a Game Boy - at least the first generation - in my life. But if only playing and soldering electronics was one of my talents it would cool to pull off what this young man pulls off.

Have any games on any system ever with me at all times. Don't need an expensive system just use what I have for little or no money.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Garry Shandling

[VIDEO] Now I have the theme of his 1980s sitcom in my head. I now know that it used to air on Showtime originally but when I first saw it FOX aired It's Garry Shandling's Show. Of course he moved onto Larry Sanders but I never had the opportunity to get to know that show in its entirety.

Shandling passed away Thursday and this is the only reason I bring up those classics. RIP

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Surnames in politics and recognition

Years ago it was noted that anyone voting for Judge - it seems like a difficult process especially in Cook County which has a humongous court system - seems to look for an Irish name. They don't look for someone most qualified they look for an Irish name. I've heard aspiring judges who aren't Irish change their names to help them in their bids.

Then at Capitol Fax, I see a story about foreign sounding names that cost some aspiring Trump delegates their spots. We're not that open minded in this state apparently.

I consider although this does seem like a stupid question, Barack Obama is a "foreign" name how did he make it in Chicago politics at least? Well if you read the comments to the link above Obama - and hopefully for the best - may have changed that.

BTW, I wonder if Rich Miller thinks that there could be a brokered convention judging by his last comment. I recognize that he tends to stay away from national politics.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

My state

Bruce Rauner has been Governor of Illinois since January 2015. We have had a budget stalemate between his as a Republican Governor and a Democratic dominated state legislature for a year. We hear there are meetings between the Governor and state legislative leaders with little to no progress.

Gov. Rauner wants consideration of his turnaround agenda who's time it is to come - especially of this idea of right to work which has passed in neighboring states. Unfortunately there is naturally resistance and it's often reported that the Governor refuses to budge on his agenda so therefore nothing will get done until it's considered and passed legislatively.

The way I see it the state already had issues paying it's bills. Under Rauner's predecessor Pat Quinn this was one of the main issues of this state that it seemed he never got a handle on. The state has difficulty at least paying these social service providers.

Now under Rauner the concern is over funding state universities. For example Chicago State University located on the south side is talking about cutting jobs and cutting spring break just to quickly end the semester as they're running out of money. As much as Illinoisians sought change in 2014 it seems things are still going downhill.

Another sign of the times is the recent primaries yesterday. One man whom Rauner supported - well actually you can say this support was more financial - is a state representative Ken Dunkin. Dunkin who is a Morehouse brother represents the south side of Chicago in Springfield. He had a primary opponent and was ultimately ousted yesterday.

It seemed judging from a recent video where he spoke to seniors he never had a lot of support anyway in his part of town (his district covers the Bronzeville neighborhood). Over the years on Capitol Fax it has been noted his political tactics which at times never got him far. In fact, Miller threatened to cut off Dunkin's subscription of his newsletter because it was published publicly. He engaged in dirty tactics attempting to run for 3rd ward Democratic committeeman.

Indeed we saw some dirty tactics in his re-election bid against his opponent and ultimate victor Juliana Stratton. As I continue to write this I'm still finding and looking for the foolishness out of this race via Capitol Fax. I also consider that to be fair during the course of this race it came out that that Dunkin had been charged with domestic abuse and failing to pay child support. I was looking for an attack on an ad truck driver which has an ad showing Rauner and Dunkin together posted by a local alderman who involved himself in that race. It was looking quite ugly on either side however Rauner for what it's worth has lost one supporter willing to thumb his nose at his own Democratic caucus.

So when November comes around how will the state of the state look? We shall see.

Monday, March 14, 2016

So let's consider a past Presidential election 1824

2016 has become one of the oddest elections in my lifetime. Yeah I know this was written here before and it is my own personal belief. My hope if that "the Donald" isn't able to clinch the nomination but what happens if he's successful on the Republican side. To be honest, I'm not very happy with the alternatives on the Democratic side.

All the same our history lesson comes to us for the year 1824 via Politico. This was one of few times in American history where an election had become disputed because no candidate got a majority of all the electoral votes. At this point the House of Representatives threw the election not to the man America apparently wanted - Andrew Jackson. They threw the election as a result of a backroom deal to John Quincy Adams.

Jackson became President four years later defeating incumbent President John Quincy Adams. President Jackson is also the man you see on the $20 bill. President Adams unfortunately well has the distinction of being a one-termer.

Via Newsalert!